John Hammel, carrying on general farming and stock raising upon a fine tract of land of two hundred acres near
Postville, was born in Frankville, Winneshiek county, August 21, 1856, and is a son of John and Margaret (Jokers)
Hammel, natives of Baden, Germany, whose marriage occurred in America. The father crossed the Atlantic in 1855,
settling first in Boston, where he remained for a few months, going at the end of that time to Frankville, Winneshiek
county, Iowa. There he spent one year and then purchased a farm in Post township, Allamakee county, a portion of
which his son now owns. He and his family continued to reside thereon until the mother's death, after which he
retired from active business life, spending most of his time traveling through different parts of the United States.
He lived in Virginia for one year and was for three years in the Soldiers' Home in Milwaukee. Later, however he
returned to Iowa and made his home with the subject of this review, dying in the year 1903. He had survived his
wife for seven years. He was honored as a veteran of the Civil war, having served in that conflict for nine months.
John Hammel acquired his education at the West Grove school in Post township and remained at home until his marriage.
In 1881 he bought eighty acres of his father's farm and also conducted the entire homestead until after the death
of his mother, when he moved to his own property. Later he became the owner of the homestead, adding to his own
farm and acquiring in this way a tract of two hundred acres which he still operates. Having been connected with
farming since his early childhood, he is thoroughly familiar with the best agricultural methods and understands
every detail connected with the operation of the farm. His practical labors have been rewarded by well deserved
success and he is today known as one of the most progressive farmers and stock raisers in this part of Allamakee
On the 4th of February, 1881, Mr. Hammel was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Harris, a native of Post township
and a daughter of Elisha Harris and a sister of George Harris, of whom extended mention is made elsewhere in this
work. Mr. and Mrs. Hammel have become the parents of eleven children. Stella is the widow of Charles Cook and resides
in Postville. Ralph is in the employ of the Standard Cream Separator Company and makes his home in Milwaukee. Verna
is the wife of Andrew Stockman, of Milwaukee, who is employed by the John Deere Machine Company. Bertha is the
wife of Lee Folsom, who resides near Postville. Charles is also a resident of Milwaukee and is employed as chauffeur
for the Solvay Coke Company. Leonard resides on a farm southeast of Postville. Ruby and Ruth are twins. The former
is the wife of Frank Lawson, a farmer in Franklin township, and the latter married LaRue Webster, also engaged
in farming in that township. Earl is operating a farm in Franklin township. Augusta and Pearl are both residing
at home. It is a remarkable incident that the eleven children of Mr. Hammel, all of whom are living, attended Ain
the acquirement of their education the same school as their father, namely the West Grove school in Post township.
Mr. Hammel is a large stockholder in the Canning Factory at Postville. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Ancient
Order of United Workmen. He has been a resident of this part of Iowa since his childhood and is well and favorably
known here, his business reliability, his genuine personal worth and his sterling qualities of character commanding
for him the respect and esteem of all who come in contact with him.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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